Submitted by birdie on March 31, 2015 - 2:41pm
Via the LA Times a review of a book on the current state of affairs in libraries and a few observations from the British son of two librarians, author Alex Johnson.
In our technology-obsessed world, libraries provide tranquil sanctuaries for zoning out with physical books. Regardless of the ultimate fate of the printed book, reports of the imminent death of the library as a physical entity seem to have been greatly exaggerated.
Libraries have a long history of overcoming geographic, economic and political challenges to bring the written word to an audience," writes Alex Johnson, a journalist at the U.K. newspaper the Independent, in the introduction to his fascinating new book, Improbable Libraries.
Submitted by Blake on March 31, 2015 - 11:29am
The Department of Libraries is part of the Agency of Administration and is poised to receive a $2,275,682 appropriation from the state’s general fund for fiscal year 2016. In fiscal year 2015, the libraries were promised a $2,746,649 appropriation, but the actual figure fell because of budget rescissions.
From State cuts could cause libraries to lose federal funding - VTDigger
Submitted by birdie on March 23, 2015 - 4:26pm
From the Chicago Tribune: Anti-pornography activist Megan Fox created a 2:30 video urging Niles IL residents to vote against incumbent trustee Linda Ryan.
In the video, which was posted on Fox's YouTube channel on March 11, she accuses Ryan of voting to allow child pornography on library computers. On Nov. 19, the library board voted to add content filters on adult computers that would block all nudity and pornography. At the time, viewing pornography was already against library policy.
During the meeting, Ryan was one of the trustees who voted against the filtering policy, arguing that it went too far, getting in the way of patrons' ability to access information. Fox used the clips from the meeting to suggest that Ryan would be fine with child pornography. In the video, she also insisted that American Library Association's policy were putting children in danger.
Submitted by birdie on March 23, 2015 - 12:26pm
Submitted by Blake on March 23, 2015 - 8:57am
If you quiet your mind and allow yourself to stop judging everything you will find that you have more potential for innovation (at work, in the kitchen, in the garage, in the bathroom [this just got weird – bringing it back], with your hobbies, with your thoughts) than you thought before. You were using the same brutal quality filter on yourself that you used on viral videos, talk radio, and blog posts. You deserve better.
From The Dangerous Effects of Reading | Certain Extent
Submitted by Blake on March 21, 2015 - 10:08am
During Sunshine Week, the annual reminder that open government is good government, Congress should shed some light on just who’s funding the nation’s presidential libraries.
From Shed light on presidential libraries
Submitted by Blake on March 21, 2015 - 10:06am
Submitted by Blake on March 21, 2015 - 10:06am
The Kentucky Court of Appeals in a 3-0 decision handed down on Friday reversed two circuit court decisions in Kenton and Campbell counties that declared the library districts in those counties had improperly raised taxes for decades.
From Appeals court: Ky. library tax is legal
Submitted by Blake on March 21, 2015 - 10:05am
I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, AT&T is forgoing revenue by not spying on its customers, and it's reasonable to charge them for that lost revenue. On the other hand, this sort of thing means that privacy becomes a luxury good. In general, I prefer to conceptualize privacy as a right to be respected and not a commodity to be bought and sold.
From Schneier on Security: AT&T Charging Customers to Not Spy on Them
Submitted by Blake on March 20, 2015 - 2:36pm
At the California Library Association’s annual conference, librarians have given fake talks on real issues in their world, including “Outreach and Embedded Librarians” and “Innovation in the Modern Library.” The trick is to make the speech flow with baffling accompanying slides, such as a photo of exercise guru Richard Simmons in glitter clothing, and a jacket cover for a (real) book titled “How to Raise Your I.Q. by Eating Gifted Children.”
From Shhh…The Librarians Are Doing PowerPoint Comedy - Digits - WSJ
Submitted by Blake on March 19, 2015 - 12:27pm
According to teen services librarian, Wick Thomas, everything went well until the teens got to Governor Nixon’s office.
The students were escorted out of the Capitol by security after the Governor’s press secretary said he was unaware that the group had an appointment.
The teens had previously met with other lawmakers and said they only had issues when trying to meet with Governor Nixon.
From Teens escorted out of Capitol while protesting budget cuts to Mo. libraries | fox4kc.com
Submitted by Blake on March 18, 2015 - 9:42pm
Despite the lack of book-related activity, Hillcrest is one of fewer and fewer schools in New York City that both have a school library and enough librarians to staff it. In a nation where traditional school libraries are shrinking in number or morphing into computer labs or digital media centers, the declines in library services in New York City's public schools are more precipitous than most, experts say.
Submitted by birdie on March 18, 2015 - 10:59am
The BBC covers the attacks at the Bardo Museum in Tunis where at least eight people including tourists have been killed.
Submitted by Blake on March 17, 2015 - 10:19pm
When it comes to public libraries, immigrant Hispanics pose both a challenge and an opportunity to the library community. On the one hand, this group, which makes up half of the adult U.S. Hispanic population, is less likely than other Americans to have ever visited a U.S. public library and is much less likely to say that they see it as “very easy” to do so. At the same time, Hispanic immigrants who have made their way to a public library stand out as the most appreciative of what libraries have to offer, from free books to research resources to the fact that libraries tend to offer a quiet, safe space.
From Public Libraries and Hispanics | Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project
Submitted by Blake on March 17, 2015 - 10:18pm
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 17, 2015 - 4:50pm
In his new book, Raising Kids Who Read, Daniel Willingham wants to be clear: There's a big difference between teaching kids to read and teaching them to love reading.
And Willingham, a parent himself, doesn't champion reading for the obvious reasons — not because research suggests that kids who read for pleasure do better in school and in life.
"The standard things you'll hear about why kids should read I actually don't think are very strong arguments," he says. "Because if the goal is to become a good citizen or the goal is to make a lot of money, I can think of more direct ways to reach those goals than to read during your leisure time."
Full piece here:
Submitted by Blake on March 15, 2015 - 9:09pm
Since then, a total of four TED Books (Simon & Schuster) have been published, the latest of which is “The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings,” by architect and Architizer.com founder Marc Kushner. It’s a beautiful little book with a photo of each building featured and a question each building seems to pose.
From Cool buildings & a fairer world: When TED talks become books - Bookish
Submitted by Blake on March 15, 2015 - 8:58pm
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